A TEENAGE boy has been charged over an attempted hold-up after handing himself into police in Tenterfield.

The 17-year-old went to police about 9.30pm on Thursday, where he was questioned and charged with assaulting a person with intent to rob while armed with an offensive weapon.

Police allege the 17-year-old entered the Shell Service Station on Rouse St, Tenterfield, late on Sunday night, with a black face-mask on.

Detectives will allege the youth demanded cash, pushed an employee to the ground and made further demands.

Police said the employee tried to defend himself before a violent struggle broke out.

Part of the alleged offender’s mask was torn off during the struggle, and he dropped the knife and ran from the store.

The employee suffered cuts, scratches and bruising to his arm during the incident.

Police were alerted and a crime scene set up before several items were seized for forensic clues.

Detectives have been investigating the incident and, with local police, identified a suspect after viewing CCTV footage.

“The incident was very serious and could have resulted in significant injuries to the victim,” New England Detective Inspector Ann Joy said.

“It was certainly very disturbing for the town of Tenterfield.

“The subsequent investigation is an example of excellent police work with a timely resolution, and the officers involved should be commended.”

The youth was granted conditional bail to attend court at a later date.

Extracted in full from:  http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/3893402/teen-held-up-station-with-knife-worker-hurt/